I have come from very creative beginnings parented by a florist and a professional musician, we always had colour and beautiful sounds in our family.
I wanted to follow the artists route but life choose the path of a florist to get my creative juices flowing .
I studied for my ICSF and then my NDSF in floristry in Ireland.
I worked with the Scottish Qualification Authority assessing the standards of floristry in Scotland for 10 years.
There was always the desire to learn more about craft and my early attempts to cure fish skins gave vent to my connections with the land and seascape around me.
Felt making was introduced to me in 1996 when my children were still very young and I was immediately aware of a gap in my creative self being filled. I learned to make things for my children such as baby booties and teach them and their friends the wonderful tactile nature of feltmaking.
This seeded my passion for teaching to all age groups and teaching has become part of my life.
I wanted more and knew I had to structure my learning so I went back to school.
At first I studied Millinery at Cardonald College in Glasgow and the next year I studied Fashion and design and pattern construction at Ayr College.
I became involved with the Scottish Feltmakers through the Scottish Storytelling Yurt project.
The creation of both this and my own yurt with Ann Ross, Jenny McKay and many other helpers opened new doors for me.
A trip to Norway as invited guests with our Yurt was a great inspiration to travel and the lovely Scottish Feltmakers team headed off to Mongolia on a cultural exchange that changed my life direction.
I returned to Mongolia in 2009 alone to teach and travel .
In 2012 Heartfelt Studio moved from Ayrshire to Argyll .
The Railway Station at Dalmally had been a work in progress for my partner and I for some time and we decided to devote all our time to its renovation.
It is a wonderful experience to be amongst many like minded fibre enthusiasts. Argyll is also the home of many sheep of various breeds , a dream for sustainable materials in some of the most stunning landscape in the Highlands of Scotland.